An integrative approach to marine ecology and fisheries: from experimental biology to conservation culturomics and iEcology
Valerio Sbragaglia, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
IDEEV - Salle Rosalind Franklin
Contemporary conservation is inherently complex and requires integrated and interdisciplinary research, ranging from genes to ecosystem dynamics, with a functional integration of social science. I will present some of the integrative research I have been developing over the last five years, with an emphasis on fisheries-induced evolution and social-ecological dynamics in recreational fisheries.
First, I will present an interdisciplinary study combining high resolution tracking with computational agent-based modelling, which has revealed a mechanism driving fisheries-induced evolution of collective behaviour, with potential effects on natural and fishing mortality.
Second, I will present three case studies where I used conservation culturomics and iEcology in the context of recreational fisheries to:
- (i) document harvesting patterns, social engagement, and human dimension related to an iconic species;
- (ii) characterize macroecological patterns such as distributional range shifts of fish;
- (iii) quantify sentiments towards invasive species.
I hope to stimulate a cross-disciplinary discussion about emerging research in ecology and conservation.